Footprints Over Monuments

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I personally love to learn about, think about, read about, talk about spiritual formation. It’s a popular topic today, I understand that. I don’t want to be involved with this because it’s fashionable. Rather I’m drawn to it because of how my life is being transformed.

Spiritual formation, at its foundation, is about the forming of Christ in us by the Spirit of God. Eugene Peterson identifies it as such in his Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places. He notes it is “primarily what the Spirit does, forming the resurrection life of Christ in us.”

I believe one key aspect of spiritual formation is the call to slow down. Spiritual formation will be nearly impossible if we are constantly on the run, in a hurry.

We live in a world – both outside and inside the church – that calls us to do more and do it faster. And do it flashy as well.

Christian spiritual formation calls for us to slow our pace. Continue reading

God Blesses the Peacemakers, Not the Warmakers

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Many have probably seen the recent video about an Oregon school coach disarming and hugging a student, one who had entered the school with a shotgun and the intent to use the weapon.

What takes place is powerful. But, in our world of cynicism, it is hard to believe this kind of move is the “best” move. Especially in light of much political debate around 2nd amendment gun rights.

Still, I am reminded of these words from author and activist, Shane Claiborne:

“God blesses the peacemakers, not the warmakers.” Continue reading

Reading Romans Backwards

This week I began reading Scot McKnight’s new work, Reading Romans Backwards: A Gospel of Peace in the Midst of Empire.

Why might this book be a helpful voice on studies in Romans? McKnight offers a different angle on the intent behind Paul’s most well-known, most taught and preached letter in all of the New Testament. As he notes in a recent interview:

“So we read the book of Romans as if it were an evangelistic tract to get people saved. No. The people to whom Paul is writing this letter are saved. He is not sketching how to get saved. He is sketching the foundation of reconciliation…” Continue reading